The FBI removed a boat used by Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from its Watertown, Massachusetts backyard. The boat was famously used as a hiding spot by the 19-year-old, who stayed there for almost a whole day while police and SWAT teams searched for him.
The boat was also the scene where Tsarnaev was finally captured. He was discovered bleeding in the boat by its owner last Friday evening.
The owner ran inside immediately and called police, who quickly arrived on the scene and exchanged gunfire with the Boston bombing suspect. The 19-year-old ethnic Chechen surrendered to authorities shortly after.
But the boat was processed as evidence at the scene and moved on Friday to an undisclosed location for storage. It is unknown what will happen to it now. The FBI also concluded their search at a landfill in New Bedford on Friday. They were looking for evidence connected to the bombings, according to FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.
However, Eimiller declined to say what evidence investigators were searching for. She stated, “We were seeking evidence but we are not commenting on the nature of what was being sought or what was found. We can confirm that we were there Thursday, Friday and left yesterday.”
The landfill is located near the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, where the youngest Tsarnaev attended. Local media suggested that the FBI was searching the landfill for Dzhokhar’s laptop.
While the FBI removed the boat from Boston, police also moved the suspected bomber to a federal prison hospital 40 miles outside the city. He was listed in fair condition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center before the transfer. He will now spend an indefinite period of time at Fort Devens, a decommissioned US Army base, while he awaits trial on federal weapons of mass destruction charges.
Investigators are also likely building a case against the 19-year-old in the murder of MIT campus police officer Sean Collier, who was allegedly killed by the brothers on Thursday night, April 18.